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Tell me more about the BOB trailer...(5 posts)

Tell me more about the BOB trailer...BowWow
Nov 5, 2003 12:05 AM
We're planning a 30 day/3000 mile semi-self-supported trip three years from now, and we believe we'll need a trailer. There are three of us. We will carry our own personal gear (clothing, etc.) in rack-mounted trunks, but think a trailer will most effectively carry the bulkier/group stuff. We'll swap the pulling chores each day.

Will one BOB carry enough gear for the three of us (lightweight tent, 3 sleeping bags and thermarests, lightweight cooking gear, etc.)?

How does it handle, especially in crosswinds?

Significant effect when climbing/flats/descending/corners/town traffic?

Will the weight punish the puller too much on a 10 hour/125 mile day?

Any input would be gratefully accepted...

Thanks, Steve
re: Tell me more about the BOB trailer...gtscottie
Nov 5, 2003 7:31 AM
I have a BOB that I have used on many 2 person trips. The trailer is rated for 70lbs however I often have it loaded heavier and it is holding out well. The times that I notice the trailer the most is on down hills when the weight will push you and you need more braking power. As far as pulling it I don't notice it much besides the extra power it takes to pull. It has a low centre of gravity and doesn't effect cornering as much as you would expect.
We carry a 3 man tent 2 sleeping bags,thermorests cooking pots and stove as well as extra water etc...

The trailer will not punish you anymore than carrying all the gear on the bike. It actually may seem easier to have it in the trailer.
Most noticable when stopping and starting...biknben
Nov 5, 2003 7:47 AM
We have a Bob in my MTB club. We use it to carry trail maint. tools in and out of the woods. The things are well constructed. We abuse it pretty good and it never blinks. It has a unique pivot location so it tracks within inches of the rear wheel. Instead of cutting the corners like a truck.

With all trailers, you'll notice it most while accelerating and decelerating. It takes more effort to get it going depending on how packed it is. As the other reply menitoned, you need more effort to slow it down too. Other than that, you may forget it's back there.
re: Tell me more about the BOB trailer...undertrained
Nov 5, 2003 9:32 AM
Standing feels a bit odd at first. Once you get used to it, you don't notice it. At rest stops, you can jacknife the trailer to hold your bike upright so that you don't have to lift it up with 70 lbs in the back.
We were riding fairly hilly and I figure it cost 1-2 mph.MB1
Nov 5, 2003 6:05 PM
Not only was it a bit slower uphill but we were more careful going downhill.

Tim and Mindy who had towed theirs across the US tried racks and panniers first and were much happier with the BOBs.

Still if you are not going to do your ride for 3 years I would wait a bit to see if trailer technology improves.